Coupe du Monde des amput?s : Ce vendredi, Ha?ti d?fie l’Angola pour une place en finale

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The content originally appeared on: Le Nouvelliste

Sans surprise, la s?lection nationale de football des amput?s d’Angola, championne du monde en titre en battant la T?rkiye aux tirs au but (5-4), temps r?glementaire (0-0) en 2018 ? Guadalajara (Mexique), a survol? le groupe F en ?crasant ses adversaires : l’Uruguay (4-1), l’Irak (4-1) et l’Italie (7-0) pour valider son billet pour les huiti?mes de finale de finale du mondial turc 2022, et ce, avec la mention d’?quipe ayant la meilleure attaque du premier tour avec 15 buts inscrits.

De son c?t?, la s?lection ha?tienne de football des amput?s, si l’on excepte son match nul (1-1) face aux vice-champions du monde Turcs (pays h?te), a ?t? elle aussi impitoyable en phase de poule. Pour leur premier match, les Grenadiers ont d?vor? le Lib?ria (4-1) avant de lapider la France (6-0) pour prendre d?finitivement le leadership du groupe A et qualifier pour les huiti?mes de finale.

Pour atteindre les demi-finales, la s?lection nationale de football des amput?s d’Angola avait connu toutes les peines du monde pour ?liminer l’Angleterre en huiti?me de finale (1-0) avant de battre en quart de finale difficilement et sous haute protestation en quart de finale le Br?sil (2-1) gr?ce ? un doubl? de Kupula Hilario.

En face, les Ha?tiens sont tout simplement impressionnants dans cette phase. Ils ont lamin? en huiti?me de finale les USA (6-2) apr?s prolongations avant de surclasser la Tanzanie (4-1) en quart de finale.

Les Ha?tiens ont d?j? inscrit 21 buts sur l’ensemble de la Coupe du Monde et les Angolais 18. Cependant, ces derniers ont encaiss? seulement 3 buts alors que les Ha?tiens ont d?j? encaiss? 5. Cela dit, s’ils ont la meilleure d?fense, les Grenadiers ont la meilleure attaque.

Les deux v?ritables fer de lance de l’?quipe d’Angola, Jos? Candeiro Jamba (5 buts) et Celestino Elias Antonio (4 buts) ont d?j? fait trembler les filets ? 9 reprises alors que le duo ha?tien, ? savoir Redondo El Principe Richard (8), meilleur buteur de la comp?tition et Saviola Charles (7 buts) ? ?galit? avec le Turc ?mer G?lery?z (7), compte actuellement 15 buts.

Il est important de signaler que les deux protagonistes : Ha?ti et Angola, ?taient dans le m?me groupe lors de la Coupe du Monde de 2018, d?roul?e ? Guadalajara au Mexique, et les Ha?tiens avaient fait le plein en battant l’Espagne (2-0), l’Ukraine (2-1) et l’Angola (2-1) justement avant de se faire ?liminer ? la surprise g?n?rale par la Pologne (2-1) en huiti?me de finale alors que les Angolais allaient remporter cette Coupe du Monde aux d?pens de la T?rkiye (0-0), temps r?glementaire et 5-4 aux tirs au but.

Tout compte fait, les Ha?tiens, avant que ne d?bute la demi-finale face aux Angolais ce vendredi 7 octobre ? compter de 11 heures AM (heure de Port-au-Prince), d?montrent qu’ils ont des arguments solides pour sortir les Champions du Monde en titre et valider leur place pour la grande finale.

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IMF warns of higher recession risk and darker global outlook Loop Jamaica

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The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two principal economists painted very different pictures Thursday of what the global economy will look like in the coming years.

Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told an audience at Georgetown University on Thursday that the IMF is once again lowering its projections for global economic growth in 2023, projecting world economic growth lower by $4 trillion through 2026.

“Things are more likely to get worse before it gets better,” she said, adding that the Russian invasion of Ukraine that began in February has dramatically changed the IMF’s outlook on the economy. “The risks of recession are rising,” she said, calling the current economic environment a “period of historic fragility.”

Meanwhile, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, on the other side of town at the Center for Global Development, focused on how the US and its allies could contribute to making longer-term investments to the global economy.

She called for ambitious policy solutions and didn’t use the word “recession” once. But despite Yellen’s more measured view, she said “the global economy faces significant uncertainty.”

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks about challenges facing the global economy at the Center for Global Development, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The war in Ukraine has driven up food and energy prices globally — in some places exponentially — with Russia, a key global energy and fertilizer supplier, sharply escalating the conflict and exposing the vulnerabilities to the global food and energy supply.

Additionally, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, rising inflation and worsening climate conditions are also impacting world economies and exacerbating other crises, like high debt levels held by lower-income countries.

Georgieva said the IMF estimates that countries making up one-third of the world economy will see at least two consecutive quarters of economic contraction this or next year and added that the institution downgraded its global growth projections already three times. It now expects 3.2 per cent for 2022 and now 2.9 per cent for 2023.

The bleak IMF projections come as central banks around the world raise interest rates in hopes of taming rising inflation. The US Federal Reserve has been the most aggressive in using interest rate hikes as an inflation-cooling tool, and central banks from Asia to England have begun to raise rates this week.

Georgieva said “tightening monetary policy too much and too fast — and doing so in a synchronized manner across countries — could push many economies into prolonged recession.” Maurice Obstfeld, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley, recently wrote that too much tightening by the Federal Reserve could “drive the world economy into an unnecessarily harsh contraction.”

Yellen agreed Thursday that “macroeconomic tightening in advanced countries can have international spillovers.”

The two economists’ speeches come ahead of annual meetings next week of the 190-nation IMF and its sister-lending agency, the World Bank, which intend to address the multitude of risks to the global economy.

Georgieva said the updated World Economic Outlook of the fund set to be released next week downgrades growth figures for next year.

Many countries are already seeing major impacts of the invasion of Ukraine on their economies, and the IMF’s grim projections are in line with other forecasts for declines in growth.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development last week said the global economy is set to lose $2.8 trillion in output in 2023 because of the war.

The projections come after the OPEC+ alliance of oil-exporting countries decided Wednesday to sharply cut production to support sagging oil prices in a move that could deal the struggling global economy another blow and raise politically sensitive pump prices for US drivers just ahead of key national elections in November.

Yellen said since many developing countries are facing all challenges simultaneously, from debt to hunger to exploding costs, “this is no time for us to retreat.”

“We need ambition in updating our vision for development financing and delivery. And we need ambition in meeting our global challenges,” she said.

By Faitma Hussein

10 houses demolished in Bernard Lodge operation Loop Jamaica

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The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

Member of Parliament for St Catherine Southern, Fitz Jackson says a probe is to be carried out into reports that people with documents to show that they were given approval by the authorities to be on sections of Bernard Lodge property were also affected by a demolition exercise that took place on Thursday.

Jackson gave the update in an interview with Loop News hours after approximately 10 unfinished houses were destroyed at the location as members of a joint police-military team monitored the area.

Prime Minister, Andrew Holness on Wednesday served notice that structures constructed illegally on lands reportedly captured and sold by gangsters in that St Catherine area were to be destroyed.

According to the prime minister, gangsters have captured the lands in proximity to Clifton and have been preying on residents.

On Thursday as the operation took place several residents could be seen gathered in the area some of them spoke in hushed tones calming that they were not in full agreement with what was happening. There were claims that there were people in that area who had spent millions to construct the structures and had their letters of possession to be in the area.

Holness said the lands, which fall within the Government’s Greater Bernard Lodge Development Plan, will be formalized and owners given titles, he made the statement while raising concern that criminals had captured a section designated for agriculture.

Diane Edwards leaving Jampro Loop Jamaica

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The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

Jampro president Diane Edwards has given notice that she will not renew her contract, which ends on December 31, 2022.

She has opted to pursue other career opportunities after leading Jamaica’s investment agency for nearly a decade.

Edwards has led Jampro to be a leading government organisation that has provided local and international investors in the tourism, manufacturing, and mining sectors with significant assistance to do business in Jamaica, Jampro said in a statement.

She has also been instrumental in securing investments in the global digital services industry, widely referred to as the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector.

The BPO industry has moved from 12,000 jobs in 2013 to 54,000 jobs in 2022 through the attraction of new companies and the creation of an ecosystem for multiple expansions across the country.

Also, under Edwards’ leadership, Jampro commenced the implementation of transformative projects such as the National Business Portal and the establishment of a National Investment Policy while advocating for the creation of a cannabis and hemp industry.

In addition, the organisation has led the development and implementation of multiple sector strategies geared towards development and growth, such as the National Global Digital Services Strategy, the National Manufacturing Strategy and the draft National Four-Year Agribusiness Strategy.

Melanie Subratie, Chair of Jampro, hailed Edwards for her contribution.

“I have long been a champion of the sterling work done by Jampro, and as a fellow female leader, I have admired Diane’s transformation of the organisation into a client-centric, results-driven agency, leading the cause of the private sector. I am sorry to see her go, but I know that she has led a remarkable team who will continue her stellar work. There is no doubt in my mind that the Jamaica BPO industry would not exist in its current form without the work of Diane and her team at Jampro. They literally built an industry from the ground up.”

Meanwhile, Senator Aubyn Hill, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, added that “Diane’s endeavours to stimulate export and investment have played a significant role in the growth of the nation’s capabilities.”

“Her management of Jampro and contributions to Jamaica’s economic development will be remembered,” Hill added.

The Jampro board, supported by its Human Resource Committee, will immediately begin the process to recruit a new president.

Community Drivers: Retired educator recognised for selfless service Loop Jamaica

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The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

Sixty-seven-year-old Devon Vassel fell in love with the teaching profession at the age of 17 while working as a pre-trained teacher at Bull Savannah All-Age School in S. Elizabeth, this after leaving high school in 1972.

“As my life went on teaching at Bull Savannah, I just fell in love with teaching and I saw where students were gravitating towards me. They loved my method of teaching; they loved how I interacted with them, and I just said, I think I am going to continue as a teacher,” he tolds JIS News.

Having served the noble profession for 41 years, the retired educator was among 80 educators who were awarded the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for outstanding and dedicated service to education.

He received the award from Prime MinisterAndrew Holness, during a ceremony at Jamaica House on September 8 for the 2021 and 2022 cohorts.

Looking back at his four decades of service in the field of education, Vassel said his first three years at Bull Savannah All-Age as a grade-five teacher was a learning process that helped to shape his career.

He received his teacher training under the In-Service Training Educational Trust (ISTET) administered by the then Mico Teachers’ College over four years from1972 to 1976.

As he grew fond of the teaching and learning process at Bull Savannah, he volunteered to educate young men who were enrolled in the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JAMAL) programme at his alma mater, Seaview Primary and All-Age, situated 10 miles from Bull Savanah.

Vassel shared that despite the transportation woes, he was committed to the cause of helping to improve the literacy skills of the youth in his community.

“I was just 17 years old and I taught there (Bull Savannah All-Age) for three years. Everything went well as a teacher. It was a learning process for me, and then during that time I visited Seaview All-Age, which was the school I attended as a boy,” he noted.

“I used to visit them in 1972 and 1973 when they had the JAMAL classes. When I returned from Bull Savannah in the evenings, I used to visit Seaview and help out with JAMAL. I helped the young men in my community, and they respected me for that. I was also a part of the 4-H Club at that time, although I was not a teacher at the school,” he recounted.

His act of volunteerism caught the attention of the principal at the time, who offered him a job at the institution in 1975.

Although hesitant at first, Vassel said he took up the offer and continued as a grade-five teacher at the school for five years.

Due to his innovative pedagogical skills, he was asked to transition to grade six, and was placed in charge of students sitting external examinations.

“My time at Seaview (All-Age) was good. I was put in charge of preparing students for([external) examinations; it was Common Entrance, then it moved to GSAT(Grade Six Achievement Test), and then to the PEP (Primary Exit Profile),” he said.

The educator indicated that his early years at Seaview All-Age opened his eyes to the need for male teachers in the education sector.

Having been the only male teacher at the institution for several years, Vassel said he was called on to instil discipline at all levels, adding that he was revered by the boys.

“Teaching and learning was the order of the day at that time, and we really instilled in the students the importance of learning. Discipline played a very important role in school also. And for the most part, I was the only male at school. So, although I was at grade six, I moved from class to class. Even at grade one, the teacher would call me; also at grade two and grade three. So, I was always involved in the development of the school,” he said.

Vassel shared that he was heavily involved in the coordination of extracurricular activities at the institution. He served as sports coordinator and was also involved with the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides groups.

Throughout his teaching journey, Vassel offered extra classes to students seven days a week, inspired by his passion to see children excel.

“During the summer holidays, I would still have classes. Sometimes you get paid, sometimes you don’t get paid… sometimes I don’t collect one dollar, but I say I am doing a service for my community, I am doing a service for Jamaica… hoping that one day I will see doctors and lawyers out of my achievement,” he added.

Vassel said he sees the fruit of his labour whenever he encounters past students who would walk up to him and say, “teacher, thank you very much for what you have done for me”.

After retiring from the profession as a senior teacher at Seaview Primary and Infant in 2013, Vassel returned to volunteer as an assistant teacher up to March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the education sector.

The father of two said he is pleased that his years of dedicated service to the education sector earned him an award from the prime minister.

“I think it is a good gesture. I think we have worked hard as teachers over the years, and I think it’s just a way of saying thanks to us for the hard work, and it makes us feel good to know that you have been awarded by the prime minister of your country,” he said.

Vassel is also a community person, as he serves as a justice of the peace (JP), a shelter manager and a member of the Lions Club of St Elizabeth and the Southfield farmers group.

The retiree is now actively involved in farming, and enjoys a game of dominoes with his family and close friends in his free time.

Speaker reins-in Imbert

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The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


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SPEAKER Bridgid Annisette-George sought to rein-in Finance Minister Colm Imbert in the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, by urging him to treat opposition MPs the way he himself would like to be treated. The committee examined the budget’s allocations to the Ministry of Finance, among other heads.

It was a very heated portion of the sitting where Imbert was often unable to supply answers to queries, and at one point answered the Opposition’s consternation with the quip, “Too bad!”

Finance Minister Colm Imbert. 

When Couva South MP Rudranath Indarsingh asked if extra money was allocated to hire more customs officers, and whether they would fall under the proposed TT Revenue Authority (TTRA), Imbert scoffed that it shouldn’t take Indarsingh a proverbial ten minutes to ask a five-second question.

He said funding would help to fill customs posts, and later on these officers could be redeployed to the TTRA or choose to leave the public service.

Indarsingh retorted, “The member seems to be a disturbed individual this morning.” Imbert shot back.

Annisette-George rose, to urge members to be tolerant and compassionate.

Indarsingh then asked when daily-rated workers would get a pension, declaring this to be a genuine line item in this budget and was also promised in successive budgets.

Oropouche West MP Davendranath Tancoo said it was very disturbing that Imbert did not have details of a $20,000 allocation. Imbert responded sharply.

The Speaker chided, “Minister of Finance!” She again upbraided twice. Tancoo queried a $930,000 overtime allocation for customs officers, to which Imbert replied this could not be an exact science due to the nature of the hours of the job.

When Tancoo sought details of the line item on government’s contribution to a group health insurance plan, Imbert questioned his integrity.

Annisette-George shot, “Minister of Finance! Minister of Finance!” She said his remarks were as improper as had been the earlier claims that he was disturbed.

Annisette-George urged Imbert to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Indarsingh sought an apology or withdrawal from Imbert but before he could mouth his grievance, the Speaker said she had already spoken to the minister.

Imbert said the insurance figure was an estimate, but Tancoo said his request had sought a reasonable answer.

Minutes later Tancoo asked about property tax field officers in the Treasury Division, to which Imbert replied he would give details “in due course.”

Tancoo objected to that phrase. Imbert scoffed, “Too bad!”

The Speaker ruled, “Too bad is not an acceptable answer.”

Imbert, in his defence, claimed, “The member is badgering me.”

Barataria/San Juan MP Saddam Hosein asked about an escalation in an allocation from $14 million to $135 million. Imbert replied tartly, earning a rebuke from the Speaker.

She was not buying his defence, and ruled, “Let’s stop playing with words.”

Hosein then urged Imbert to give more replies to Freedom of Information Act requests by opposition MPs.

Imbert retorted that these requests were often frivolous and malicious. He alleged that opposition MPs used these requests to litigate and earn a livelihood.

Hosein called for him to withdraw the remark which had imputed improper motives. The Speaker shuttled along the debate to the next line item.

Errol Fabien recovering but ‘feeling horrible’ after bike crash

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The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


Errol Fabien at the National Transformation Alliance public meeting at the Deigo Martin Central Community Centre in Diamondvale. – SUREASH CHOLAI

COMEDIAN and multimedia presenter Errol Fabien is recovering at Mt Hope Hospital after he was involved in an accident while riding a motorbike on Monday.

Newsday understands Fabien suffered several injuries, but none was life-threatening.

He posted a video on his Facebook page on Thursday, in which he appeared groggy but in high spirits. He thanked those who helped him to the hospital, as well as the “amazing health system.”

In the video, Fabien is seen in a hospital bed, with bandages around his torso and his left arm in a cast and sling. He said in spite of his appearance, he expects to be released “within a day or so.”

He asks, “Hey, hey, hey. How allyuh going? Well, you could see how I going.”

“I was involved in a vehicular accident on Monday and went through our amazing health system in the days to follow.”

Fabien said he just wanted “to thank all the people in our healthcare system (and) the police officer who came off his route or beat to pick me up and take me to the hospital.

“I know it looks horrible. It does feel horrible, but I am quite well and ready to rock n’ roll, so love-ups, love-ups, love-ups, everybody.

“Take good care, and I’ll see allyuh on the rebound,” he said before winking at the camera and sticking out his tongue.

Two men killed an hour apart in Mausica, Sea Lots

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TWO men were murdered on Thursday morning about an hour apart, in unrelated shootings.

One took place at about 11 am in east Trinidad. Police reported that March Rennie was shot dead in the carpark of Payless Shoe Store, Mausica. They said three men were seen fleeing in a waiting car after Rennie was killed.

Police could not immediately identify a motive for the 41-year-old’s murder.

In the earlier killing, 32-year-old Josiah Lincoln Greenidge, also known as “Cow” and “Lizard,” died while being treated at the Port of Spain General Hospital.

Police reported that at about 10 am a car passed along Pioneer Drive Sea Lots and the occupants started shooting, hitting Greenidge.

Police said the 32-year-old was known to them to be involved in criminal activities and labelled his killing gang-related.

Man held in Dogpatch to face Siparia magistrate

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A 34-year-old man is expected to face a Siparia magistrate on Friday charged with a series of offences that stemmed from a shooting in an area called Dogpatch at Hibiscus Drive in Penal.

Penal CID police arrested the suspect on Tuesday in the same area after “extensive investigations” over the past few months. The suspect has addresses in Penal and Maracas.

Sgts Boodlal and Khan led the investigations, which included Cpl Mc Leod and PCs Khaleel, Ramoutar, and Soogrim.

A police report said the Hibiscus Drive victim was at his home on March 8 at around 7.20 pm when a man forced open the front door. The gunman got inside and fired five shots at him.

The victim was hit in the left leg, but managed to run off through the back door.

The shooter fled via the front door.

A report was made and police began investigations.

A warrant had also been issued for the suspect for failing to pay a court fine.

Cpl Mc Leod was expected to charge the suspect on Thursday with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, having a gun and ammunition and having the gun and ammunition with intent to endanger lives.

Fedee Criticises SLP Over Its ‘Protecting The Victory’ Slogan – St. Lucia Times News

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Former Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee has criticised the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) over its ‘Protecting The Victory’ theme for the recent annual general meeting of Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre’s Castries East Constituency group.

Pierre indicated to reporters on the sidelines of a Cabinet meeting on Monday that the theme was a call to keep Saint Lucia away from the opposition United Workers Party (UWP).

And he declared that the SLP, which won July 26, 2021, general elections by a landslide when the electorate voted the UWP out of office, was already on the campaign trail.

However, Dominic Fedee, asserted that it was unfortunate that while the people of Saint Lucia experienced high unemployment, out-of-control crime, and a high cost of living, the labour party administration focused on ‘protecting the victory.’

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“What victory are we talking about?” Fedee told a news conference on Thursday.

“There could not be anything more political, anything more ridiculous, or anything more absurd or self-centred,” the former Anse La Raye-Canaries MP declared.

“You have won the election. It’s been fifteen months. Even your own supporters have taken issue with your performance,” he stated.

” It is now time for you to focus on governing this country and bringing about prosperity and progress for all Saint Lucians whether they supported the Saint Lucia Labour party or whether they did not,” Fedee asserted.

He told the news conference that the idea of a government talking about protecting the victory was absurd, unfortunate, and misguided.

Fedee said the opposition UWP wants the government to devise a plan and articulate policies to remedy the current societal shortcomings.

“The real victory is when you would have created real, fundamental change,” he observed.

Headline photo: Dominic Fedee (Stock image)

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